An activist who was trying to call attention to climate change was found guilty of criminal charges on Wednesday for closing a valve last year on a pipeline carrying crude oil from Canada to the United States.
A Montana jury found Leonard Higgins of Portland, Oregon, guilty of criminal mischief and trespassing.
Higgins could face up to 10 years in prison and a $50,000 fine on the felony criminal mischief charge. Trespassing is a misdemeanor with a penalty of up to six months in county jail and a $500 fine.
A sentencing hearing is scheduled for Jan. 2. Court officials initially said Higgins would be sentenced Wednesday.
In a written statement, Higgins said he...